Agenda and minutes

Monday, 20th January, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Sutton Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 529 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2019 and the extraordinary meeting held on 14 October 2019.

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The minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2019 and the extraordinary meeting held on 14 October 2019 were agreed as a correct record, subject to the inclusion of Councillor Barry Lewis as present at the meeting of 22 July 2019, and signed by the Mayor.


Mayor's Announcements


The Mayor received apologies from Councillor Colin Stears.


The Mayor announced that he and the Deputy Mayor had attended a number of events across the borough and London over recent months. The Mayor noted that he and other members, the Leader, the Chief Executive, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, and past Mayors had attended the Civic Act of Remembrance at the Cheam Memorial Cross and subsequent service at St Dunstan’s Church in Cheam, to honour the citizens of Sutton who lost their lives in conflict.


The Mayor announced that Sutton had made the shortlist of London Boroughs being considered for the award of London Borough of Culture 2023, and that he and others hoped the borough would ultimately be appointed as the London Borough of Culture 2023 when it is decided.


The Mayor thanked Christine Lindsay and the volunteers and friends of the Gary Mason Charity for their hard work and dedication in providing Sutton’s entry - ‘Celebrate Sutton Street Life’ - into London’s 34th New year’s Day parade, and that the entry had been awarded the prestigious ‘Best Borough Entry’ prize finished third in the ‘Borough Competition’ prize before a sizeable worldwide TV audience.


The Mayor commended seven individuals from Sutton recognised in the New Year’s Honours list 2020 and noted that he had written to offer congratulations to each of them on behalf of the London Borough of Sutton. The individuals were:


·         Cally Palmer was made a Dame for services to cancer medicine;

·         Dr Caroline Allen OBE was also made a Dame for services to education;

·         Adrian Richard Gault was awarded a CBE for services to the environment and tackling climate change;

·         Graham Pendlebury was awarded a CBE for public service;

·         Simon Everest was awarded an OBE for services to international trade;

·         Tony Kerslake was awarded an MBE for services to education and arts in the London Borough of Sutton; and

·         Safet Vukalic was awarded a BEM for services to genocide education.


The Mayor noted that a team of Sutton Council officers secured the Best Team and Best Presentation awards at the London Local Authority Challenge held on 5 December 2019 at Lord’s Cricket Ground.


The Mayor thanked Jessica Crowe, the council’s former Monitoring Officer, and Mary Morrissey, the council’s former Strategic Director for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, both of whom had recently left the employ of the council, for their service to the council. The Mayor wished them both well in the future.


Finally, the Mayor congratulated Councillor Elliot Colburn on his election as Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington and thanked Tom Brake, who had served as the constituency’s MP since 1997. The Mayor invited Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of the Council, and Councillor Tim Crowley, Leader of the Majority Opposition, to offer their congratulations to Councillor Colburn. Both Councillors Dombey and Crowley congratulated Councillor Colburn on his election and paid tribute to Tom Brake for his long record of public service.


Declarations of Interest

Councillors to declare any personal or prejudicial interests that they have on matters to be discussed at this evening’s Council meeting.


Councillor Jean Crossby declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she is a patron of the Sutton Women’s Centre.



Councillor Marlene Heron declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she is a member of the board of the Sutton Housing Partnership.


Answers to Questions pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 58 KB


There were 11 questions from nine members of the public. The supplementary questions and answers are set out at Appendix A to the minutes.


Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 73 KB


There were 22 questions from 12 Councillors. The supplementary questions and responses are set out at Appendix B to the minutes.



To receive any petitions which will either be dealt with at this Council meeting or stand referred for consideration by appropriate Committees of the Council.



A petition was received from Councillor Tony Shields requesting that the council improve and invest in the Sutton High Street market area and that it seek new traders to improve the diversity and choice for the benefit of the shopping public. The Chief Executive summarised the petition and advised that it would be referred to the appropriate committee for its consideration.


Petition - Carbon Neutrality pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Report to follow

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David Murray presented the petition.


Councillor Ben Andrew moved an amendment to the petition report which was seconded by Councillor Manuel Abellan.


Following debate, the amendment was put to the vote and carried.


The substantive motion was then put to the vote and carried.



·         To note the petition and refer to the Environment and Neighbourhood committee to consider the further action requested as part of the plan to achieve net zero carbon.

·         For Sutton Council to produce an urgent zero-carbon plan by the E&N committee meeting in June 2020 based on the approach agreed at E&N in October 2019. The revised date is necessary as a result of delays caused by purdah rules.

·         To encourage the opposition members on the Climate Change Task and Finish Group to submit, on behalf of their groups, a costed zero-carbon plan without additional Government funding or resources if they believe that this can be achieved.

·         For the Leader of the Council to write to the two local MPs asking them to lobby the Government for more funding in the March 2020 budget statement so that Sutton Council can accelerate its work to become zero-carbon.


Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To receive and consider the following notices of motion and recommendations of Committees.



Motion 3 - Maintaining grip on contractors, outsourcing, and arms-length service providers pdf icon PDF 46 KB


Councillor Neil Garratt moved the motion, which was seconded by Councillor Tony Shields.


Following debate, the motion was put to the vote and lost.


Suspension of Standing Orders


Councillor Ruth Dombey moved that Standing Orders be suspended for the remainder of the meeting to allow for Motion 2 - Ending Domestic Abuse to be considered. This was seconded by Councillor Tim Crowley and carried.


Motion 2 - Ending Domestic Abuse pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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Councillor Jean Crossby moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Mo Saqib.


Councillor Tom Drummond moved an amendment which was seconded by Councillor Ryan Stoneman. The amendment was carried.


Following debate, the substantive motion was put to the vote and carried.




Council notes that:


1.    According to Office for National Statistics data for England & Wales, in the year ending March 2019 an estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 experienced domestic abuse.

2.    Police recorded 746,219 domestic abuse-related crimes in the year ending March 2019 - an increase of 24% on the previous year.

3.    Police made 32 arrests per 100 domestic abuse-related crimes in the year ending March 2019, equating to 214,965 arrests (in the 39 police forces supplying data).

4.    In 2018/19, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), 98,470 domestic violence suspects were referred to the CPS by the police and a decision to charge was made in 68.4% of cases - a fall from 2017/18.


Council welcomes cross-party work on the Domestic Abuse Bill which aims to:


5.    Introduce a new definition of domestic abuse to the law of England and Wales.

6.    Extend the availability of “special measures” for complainants in criminal cases involving domestic abuse to support intimidated witnesses.

7.    Put on a statutory footing the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme which lets police disclose information about partners or ex-partners of individuals at risk of domestic abuse.

8.    Grant a new secure ‘lifetime’ tenancy to certain victims of domestic abuse.

9.    Prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining victims in family courts in certain circumstances.


Council further notes:


10.Tackling domestic abuse is an urgent priority of The Sutton Plan after 2017 data revealed that domestic violence accounted for over a third of violent incidents in the borough and that Sutton had the 12th highest number of domestic violence reports in London.

11.The Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme was launched, with £1.25 million invested over three years to improve awareness and services relating to domestic abuse, including early intervention and prevention, such as working with schools and the ‘Not Alone In Sutton’ campaign.

12.The invaluable work of staff and volunteers at Cranstoun, Sutton Women's Centre, Home Start Sutton, Jigsaw 4U, The Limes college and Hestia.


Council believes Government action can and must be strengthened by:


13.Guaranteeing funding for specialist services is adequate and sustained as 60% of total referrals to refuges were turned away in 2017/18 (Women’s Aid).

14.Ensuring that the role of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner is full-time rather than part-time and should report to the Cabinet Office, not the Home Office.

15.Exempting survivors from local connection tests in social housing allocation as over two-thirds of women in refuges come from another local authority.

16.Introducing a wider mandatory ban on perpetrators of domestic abuse cross-examining their victims in family courts.

17.Providing additional support for women facing multiple forms of discrimination and an end to immigration controls that prevent survivors seeking help.


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Closure Motion


Councillor Ruth Dombey moved the closure motion, which was seconded by Councillor Jayne McCoy.


That, in accordance with Standing Order 12.8, all items remaining to be dealt with at this Council meeting be approved subject to the leaders of the opposition groups being able to express dissent on them.


The following items were adopted, without dissent:


·         Motion 1 - Fairtrade;

·         Delegation of Powers to London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee - Dockless Vehicles;

·         Delegation of Powers to London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee - Electric Vehicle Charging;

·         Annual Scrutiny Report; and

·         Interim Monitoring Officer Appointment